December 10, 2019

S. Dakota Bill Will Clarify Deadly Force

A bill to actually clarify existing law, cleared the South Dakota House Judiciary Committe in a vote of 10-2 in favor. The bill defines that people can stand up and protect themselves without having to run away.

A 1998 decision by the South Dakota Supreme Court stated that people don’t need to run the other way when faced with serious injury or death and had the right to use deadly force. This bill would clarify that ruling.

Tom Remington

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Attack the Facts Not the Innocent

Two states this morning, Montana and Delaware, are reporting that hunting licenses are being sold to convicted felons. There are people in both states that are angry and upset that this is happening. The problem is they don’t understand the laws or the sport and refuse to face facts.

Montana has turned up some 660 licenses known to have been sold to convicted felons but in their still on going investigation, the vast majority of them are hunting with bow and arrow. The rest they are working with parole officers in determining if violations of parole or probation has occured and remedying the problem.
In Delaware, a felon who was hunting, discharged his firearm, which of course is illegal for him to possess, and the bullet went through the windshield of a passing motorist stiking him in the head injuring him. The victim is sueing everybody, including his own mother (not really, I’m making a point.

First let’s clarify the law and then we’ll discuss the lawsuit. It is unlawful for a felon, to be in possession of a firearm. But in nearly every state and it may be all of them, it is not illegal for a convicted felon to purchase and hunting license. Why? Many felons take up hunting with bow and arrow and that is perfectly legal. Also, nearly every state has no means to check whether the person they are selling a license to is a felon. If they did, it is still legal to sell them a hunting license. That is why they don’t.
If the citizens of this country want to change the laws so that convicted felons can’t hunt, then they should persue that endeavor. Personally, I think it’s a stupid idea and would solve nothing. I can guarantee that the felon in Delaware who was out hunting would be out hunting whether or not there was a law. That’s what criminals do.
So, on to the lawsuit. Anthony Higgins was the gentleman I spoke of who became the victim of an errant bullet supposedly fired from the rifle of a convicted felon possessing a valid hunting license.

The felon, Benjamin Walls III, 37, has a string of felony convictions on his resume. Here’s what an article in Delaware Online had to say about who Higgins was sueing.

Higgins, who narrowly escaped death, is suing Walls and other members of the hunting party, as well as the plumbing supply store that sold Walls a hunting license despite his failure to present proof of required hunter education training.

As part of the initial lawsuit, Higgins was also naming the owners of the land Walls was hunting on.

In an August ruling dismissing the owners of the land upon which Walls and his companions were hunting as defendants in the lawsuit

The judge who heard that part of the case and dismissed the land owners went on to say that it was against the law for Walls to buy a hunting license.

Superior Court Judge Joseph Slights wrote that “the parties appear to agree that Walls was ineligible for licensure because he was a convicted felon.”

What? The judge ruling in this case doesn’t know the law? Holy cow! The lawyer representing Higgins, Richard Diliberto, said that –

…that’s not the law. Nothing in the Delaware code prohibits Walls or any other felon from getting a hunting license.

That was confirmed also by James Graybeal, director of enforcement for the Division of Fish and Wildlife.

“In Delaware, it’s not illegal for you to buy a license because you’re a felon,” said James Graybeal, director of enforcement for the Division of Fish and Wildlife. “The breaking of the law comes when you are carrying a firearm when hunting, because that’s against the law.”

“Some of the police agencies, they can’t understand why we sell a license to a felon, and I try to make them understand that we don’t have the technological infrastructure set up to not allow it,”

Unless the laws are going to be changed to include the loss of being able to buy a hunting license, then the only recourse is to enforce the laws that already exist to stop felons from having a gun.

People and lawyers need to stop attacking the Fish and Wildlife Departments for not being able to control convicted felons. If the states want those issuing licenses to have all the necessary technology to run background checks on everyone who wants to buy a license, they need to be able to cough up the money to do it and not expect the hunters to foot the bill by paying higher license fees.

I’m sure none of us have heard the last of this. If this in any way can be used by the anti-hunting, anti-gun crowd to further demand taking our guns away, they will.

Tom Remington

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Virginia Lawmaker Embarrassed

John S. “Jack” Reid is embarrassed and also thankful that no one was injured yesterday when his handgun, a .380 caliber, accidentally discharged in his office at the state building where it is located. He was attempting to unload the weapon when it went off striking a bullet-proof vest hanging on his door.

Virginia law allows lawmakers to carry weapons into the buildings where they work. Reid had acquired a permit for concealed weapon carry a couple of years ago over concerns of some kind of threat of which he would not elaborate.

Some lawmakers began talking about taking a new look at the rules governing handguns in the state houses but House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith had this to say.

“The truth is you’re more likely to get hurt in a car accident than by a gun,” he said. “So why restrict people’s freedoms?”

Amen, to that!

Tom Remington

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The Hypocrisy of Gun Laws

This morning, John Dougherty of World Net Daily, has a commentary and story on the hypocricy of gun laws everywhere and cites San Francisco as an example of that.

He tells a story of a woman wanting protection from an abusive husband. Follow this story of the events that landed her in jail and stripped her of her right to own a gun and the hypocrisy that follows. This is sure to turn your stomach.

Tom Remington

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It Not My Fault – It Not My Fault

I am soley responsible for all my actions – period. And so are you. If this is true, why do we continuously blame someone else? Boston blames the other New England states for their gun violence. New York blames the rest of the world for their gun violence and Canada blames the U.S. for its gun violence.

We go about dealing with criminals in this country the same way that we deal with terrorist – we think they think like law abiding people who are respectful of laws. Not true! We can make laws forever but if they are never enforced what is to become of the criminal?

When we refuse to enforce existing laws and our ideologue fails, let’s blame someone else. This is what the world has resorted to.

Let’s use the same thought processes as Bloomberg of New York and David Miller, Mayor of Toronto. They believe that if you go to the rest of the planet and remove guns from the lawful, gun crimes will cease. Let’s apply that same theory across the board.

If we prohibit families from having baby girls, there won’t be dirty old men preying on them and we can reduce of sexual predator problems drastically.

We can take cars away from the general public and that would stop many things – bank robberies using get-away vehicles, accidents that kill innocent people, speeding, car theft. Just think of the possibilities. Car are evil, man!

Let’s take food away too! Fat people cause us all kinds of problems and no more method of poisoning someone you don’t like.

We now need to remove the sale of baseball bats from stores nationwide because we have seen on video, teenagers beating up homeless people in Miami with them.

And speaking of homeless, let’s get rid of park benches. Let’s get rid of parks for that matter. How many crimes are committed in parks everyday? Take away the parks, no more crime. This is easy. Why haven’t we thought of this before?

If we didn’t have lobbyists, there wouldn’t be a problem with illegal campaign money changing hands. Oh, wait a minute! That actually might work. My bad!

Maybe you’ve gotten my point. Bloomberg, Miller and others need to pay attention to what’s going on at home and stop blaming the rest of the world’s innocents for their lack of enforcement problems.

Tom Remington

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Do You Sight-In Your Rifle Before Hitting the Woods?

If you don’t maybe you should and here is proof of what could happen. Rod Davis who blogs for us at Maine Outdoors Today’s “Blogging the Outdoors“, sent me this short video.

Tom Remington

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Big Brother Wants to Watch More of What You Do

Well, that’s if you live in Boston but Boston and the state of Massachusetts haven’t figured it out yet.

Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo wants gun manufacturers to install gps tracking devices into all guns manufactured and sold. No, I’m not kidding. But Boston don’t get it. Their arrests involving gun related crime has risen 37% and crimes committed with guns has risen 77%. What they are too stupid to understand is right in front of their faces. The more rights they take away from lawful citizens to arm and protect themselves, the more the thugs and crooks move in to further their careers as criminals.

If I were a hunting guide, I wouldn’t move to Boston looking for work. On the same token, if I were a criminal, like a bank robber, or a cat burglar, I’d go where nobody is allowed to own a gun. But they can’t figure it out. Neither can other cities around this country. Statistics show that the safest places to be is wear the citizenry are armed.

I wonder if the ACLU will jump on this wagon? Doubtful! Or any other civil liberties group. What other items in our society do we track the whereabouts of? Some people CHOOSE to have tracking devices put in their cars in case they are stolen – the key word being choose.

I guess if I wanted to have a device installed in my guns, that should be my choice.

I say end this foolishness now!

Tom Remington

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Interview With Senator George Allen

Judson Cox of the Conservative Voice interviews former Virginia Governor, now U.S. Senator George Allen. Most of the issues discussed were hot button items about the war on terror, gas prices, jobs and the economy. He was also asked a direct question about gun rights.

NCC: What are your views on gun rights?

I support concealed carry laws. Virginia has an excellent concealed carry law – I signed it into law as governor. Law abiding citizens get concealed carry permits to protect themselves and their families. Law abiding citizens do not commit crimes with guns. I am a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment, and all of the rights and responsibilities it entails.

You can read the entire interview here.

Tom Remington

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Seniors Across The Country Surveyed About Gun Rights, Abortion and Homosexuality

Researchers at Hamilton College and Zogby International have teamed up and conducted a survey among 1000 high school seniors across America to get their opinions on “hot button” topics such as abortion, gay rights and gun rights.

I only want to focus on the gun rights issue but will comment about my overall opinion of the results of the survey.

About 90 percent of high school seniors would impose a 5-day waiting period and mandatory registration on purchases of handguns. Is this how our high school seniors think when it comes to gun rights in the country? If you read the entire survey, you might be able to get a complete picture of the mindset and ideologue of this group. Take polls for whatever they’re worth.

When you compare this with other views, it becomes quite clear that I don’t put a whole lot of faith in this poll. Opinions were all over the place and contradictory, which makes me tend to believe that these high school seniors don’t have a complete or at least a mature enough understanding of the issues being polled.

You can get a copy of the complete poll from Hamilton College web site here and you can read the press release here.

I would like to give a hat tip to The Revolution via Prolifeblogs.

Tom Remington

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Democrats in Sheep's Clothing?

Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against Democrats. I try to treat them like human beings (insert smiley here).

For decades, the party line of the democratics has been, among other things, in favor of gun control to outright banning them completely. Enter Bill Clinton, master of disguise. He knew how to “convince” the populace that he was or wasn’t for or against certain issues and can you believe a politician did such a thing just to get votes?

I’m not here to get into a debate about political party lines but this morning I was reading an article at Bloomberg.com about a sheriff in Indiana who is considering a run for the U.S. Congress this year. He is running on anti-abortion, pro gun and family values.

I’m not opposed to any of these issues but after reading the article and not knowing the candidate, I would have to say to readers, be sure you know the candidate well enough to know if they actually believe and practice what they preach.

Take this excerpt from the article.

The recruitment of Ellsworth and candidates with similar views is “the party making a decision to be more inclusive,” said Elaine Kamarck, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton and to Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign. “It is the lesson of 2004.”

That might send up a red flag or two but the bottom line is to know your candidate and know them well enough to tell if they are for real in what they say or just putting on some “sheep’s clothing”.

Too often we see politicians saying what they think people want to hear for votes. It’s impossible to change the stripes on a zebra unless you cover them up with paint or maybe put a blanket over them for a time. Sooner of later, the stripes will show up.

Tom Remington

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